Monday, October 25, 2010
It seems like Makeup Artists are always on the endless quest for the best liquid foundation. Its lighter then the traditional crème or old school pancake, and if you find a good formula you can build up the coverage for almost any complexion.
As the rest of you I have tried a ton of different liquid foundations, so in this post I will go over my thoughts and opinions. All these foundations I tried on myself, then some on set or on clients. Now this post is pretty long, but hopefully informative. (I promise not to make it a habit)
Lancome Photogenic Lumessence - Claims: Silky soft texture glides on to visibly refine skin’s surface for a smooth even complexion. Exclusive Aqua-Catch Complex locks in moisture for up to 24 hours for all day hydration for a youthful complexion.- The thing about this foundation, is it does go on smoothly (I always use a foundation brush or my fingers to put on a liquid foundation, then use the Beauty Blender to smooth out the surface). And gives a pretty even coverage.
It felt nice on the skin after the first initial application. By hour 1 the face was completely shiny and started to feel greasy. Granted it is a moisturizing foundation, so it maybe suitable for people with extremely dry or matured skin. But for me it was a disaster. Half way through the day, I had blotted away half the makeup. And as a makeup artist we need to find a foundation that can ultimately be suitable for all skin types and circumstances. This foundation was definitely not it.
I would recommend only for women with dry or matured skin. Not for a professionals kit. Retails at $42.00
Lancome teint idole Ultra 14 hour – Claims- retouch-free, oil-free foundation features innovative highly resistant pigments for 14-hour wear. SoftFeel technology glides on to comfort skin with flawless full coverage that lasts all day.- Its smooth and velvety formula goes on beautifully. Putting it to the test on my oily skin, I did like the finish it gave, but it did not last anywhere near 14 hours! I still got shiny after an hour, but definitely not as shiny as the Photogenic Lumessence. I would have to touch up after about 4 hours. Meaning the foundation would start to break down, it would separate and I would have to go in with my fingers and re buff some areas of the face. Not so good for a foundation that claims to last 14 hours! I mean if you didn’t say it I wouldn’t expect it! So, this foundation is a great foundation, and it covers nicely and has the ability to build coverage, but it doesn’t live up to its claim of lasting 14 hours! I would recommend this foundation for women who are looking for a flawless finish and good coverage, but only to wear for an evening out. Not an all day every day foundation. And it may work as a makeup kit foundation, but probably wouldn’t suggest for T.V. or film. The lights would just break it down so much quicker. Suitable for print and events & all different skin types. Retails for $42.00
CHANEL Pro Lumiere- Claims - A flawless complexion in any light. PRO LUMIÈRE stretches like a canvas that forms a curtain veil of light on the skin. The material reshapes the skin, the color adapts and the density adjusts depending on the desired effect. Soft to the touch and perfectly adjustable when applied, the PRO LUMIÈRE formula is highly concentrated in with high-tech radiance-emitting active ingredients.
This is a nice foundation. I really enjoyed the look and feel of this one. It also has the ability to build more coverage without looking too heavy. It gives a satin finish that looks very pretty. Its staying power is not to bad. After a couple hours I still didn’t notice a heavy feel, I did however feel and look greasy and when I went in with blotting papers (Johnson & Johnson oil control blotting papers) It lifted off on the papers…Weird! This normally doesn’t happen with those papers. So I had to go in and smooth over the areas I blotted. It did blend well into the face again, but I don’t like the maintenance of that for myself. I don’t believe this is oil free either, so that might be why it lift as it did. I also tried CHANEL Mat Lumiere, basically the same foundation geared towards oily skin and a more matte finish. It has a noticeably matte finish. But it didn’t help control shine anymore then any other foundation. And I encountered the same problem with the Pro Lumiere, when using blotting papers the foundation lifts. The only difference this foundation doesn’t blend back in to the skin nicely. I wouldn’t wear this foundation but it would work nicely in a makeup kit if you are willing to spend the $54.00 a bottle. And CHANEL offers no discount for professional artists, which to me is a turn-off.
Shiseido Skin Balancing Foundation SPF 17- Claims- A long-lasting liquid foundation that responds to skin's specific needs. Increases moisture in dry areas. Minimizes shine for a soft matte look. Promotes optimal beauty and balance. I love this foundation! It looks beautiful and flawless all day long. You can really play with the coverage. And the formula has a slight tinge of pearlescent pigment that gives you just the slightest hint of a glowing complexion. Not over powering at all. And surprising it looks nice on skin with texture or large pores. It works on oily or dry skin. I highly recommended this foundation for everyday wear or a great (inexpensive) addition to your beauty kit. Retails for $37.50
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk - Claims-Capture the glow of perfect skin with this award-winning foundation. Luminous Silk foundation is an oil-free fluid with exclusive Micro-fil technology. So weightless, it redefines foundation. Its hydrating fluid glides on seamlessly with a silky texture and all-day, buildable coverage. For all skin types.
Hands down the best foundation I have used! I absolutely love the way it finishes. It’s extremely moveable and can be layered for more coverage. It leaves the skin with a gorgeous glow and flawless finish. If you use with the Armani Micro-fil Loose powder, it has the same silicone base and can be layered. Meaning you can go in and add more foundation after setting and it doesn’t get all gummy and textured. It holds up all day and looks amazing on camera! I use this foundation in my kit. I only bought 3 shades for my kit. 4, 5.5 and 7. The sales lady was extremely nice and after I told her I was a makeup artist she gave me nice sized samples of all the other shades. I can pretty much mix any color for any skin tone from what I have. Now the only thing is, it is pricey. $59.00 a bottle!! That’s why I don’t use this foundation on myself (unless I am going out). And Armani traditionally doesn’t offer any discounts to Professionals’, which makes it a huge investment if you are going to use it in your kit. Now I normally don’t appreciate when I a line doesn’t offer a professional discount, I mean makeup is expensive…But this foundation is worth it. I also recently worked with a makeup artist that filled me in on a little secret…. Apparently if you purchase the foundations through the Giorgio Armani Boutique in Las Vegas, (you can obviously call if you aren’t in the area) they offer a discount to professionals. I believe you have to send them a website, and tear sheet with proof of profession. Now I haven’t bought any through the boutique yet, so I am not confirming this. But it may be worth a try.
Well. I know this was a huge post, and hopefully some of you made it through the whole thing and found it somewhat helpful. Id love to hear feedback on what anyone else has experienced with liquid foundations. And as I continue to try new products Ill keep you posted.
How can I word this so you all understand my current obsession with the Beauty Blender? …Well, it is pretty much the best tool I have ever added to my kit! The Beauty Blender is simply a sponge. Its latex free and non-allergenic, it has a unique shape of an egg and a beautiful shade of hot pink. I received the Beauty Blender from my sweet sister as a present for my birthday last year. It came 2 in a package with a container of the cleanser to wash them. I wasn’t sure what to make of them. How “Great” could a sponge really be? I mean after all it is just a sponge, right? ……WRONG! This little egg shaped sponge changed my life! Well, at least my whole approach to makeup (which can be considered my life).
After messing with the blenders, using them wet and dry using as a sole applicator and then just as a blending tool, I have figured out the best way to use these little things.
I start of by wetting the Beauty Blender. Run it under some cool water until it expands and then squeeze all the excess out into a clean towel. It becomes extremely plush and pillowy. I then move on to applying my favorite liquid foundation (Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation) with a foundation brush. Add in my contouring with a foundation color 2 shades darker. Lightly stipple the Beauty Blender over the whole face, softly buffing out any lines and blending the contour and highlights beautifully. The tip of the sponge works perfectly for around the eyes and nose. It leaves you with a perfectly blended flawless face! Almost as if it were airbrushed, but not as dry. If you need more coverage to conceal a blemish or under eyes, you can use the beauty blender as an applicator. Dip the tip of the sponge in the foundation or concealer and very lightly stipple it over the blemish or under eyes. It deposits more coverage that blends in perfectly with the rest of your base. Leaving you with a completely flawless velvety finish!
If you have not tried the Beauty Blender yet, I highly recommend them. Plus if you care for them properly they should last you along time. Which will not only be Green but will save you lots of $ on disposable sponges. Even after repeated washes I have not noticed any change in the texture of the sponge. I can honestly say, I am hooked, my kit will never be with out them. They are truly amazing.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
DDF Fade Gel 4 - Skin Lightening Gel
As a makeup artist I find myself constantly on the quest for perfect skin. That luminous dewy glowing complexion that every woman dreams of. With the help of the right makeup and application most anyone can have gorgeous skin. But it is only temporary and eventually gets washed away revealing what we are trying to perfect in the first place. Unfortunately not all women are blessed with a flawless complexion, and I am definitely one of them. So naturally I am constantly over analyzing my own skin and willing to experiment with anything that claims to help me get that gorgeous complexion.
My most recent obsession is Brown Spots! Under my eyes and under my nose, as if it were a skin mustache!!! Over the past 6 months this has been getting worse and worse, even harder to conceal with my regular foundation. I decided to research my spots and different treatments and found (which I already knew) most are from the sun. But I am extremely sun cautious, wearing anywhere from 30- 110 SPF everyday! So what gives? It must be genetics. Thanks mom!
So I decided to try DDF Fade Gel 4. I’m semi familiar with the brand and its not too expensive.
So the first night I applied the gel after cleansing & toning skin. After about 10 minutes I applied a little Clearasil on a blemish I had on my chin and cheek. (DON’T EVER DO THIS!) When I woke the next morning my chin and cheek were stained BROWN! Worse then my skin mustache! What on earth? I goggled chemical interactions and found out the main ingredient in the fade gel (hydroquinone 2%) reacts with Benzoyl Peroxide, the main ingredient in a lot of blemish creams (Clearasil, Proactive etc...). Which it does not mention ANYWHERE on the booklet of instructions that comes with the gel. Luckily the skin stain only lasted for a day or so. Thank Goodness! So I decided to only use the fade gel once a day to start off. My new routine was cleanse (CHANEL Mousse Exfoliante Purete), tone (Oil of Olay Refreshing Toner), fade gel & SPF in the AM (leaving my PM routine open if I get a pesky blemish). It is crucial to use SPF everyday when using any skin lightening product! I cannot stress this enough. You want to get rid of the spots, not get more!
I am very diligent about my skin care routine, never miss a wash or cream. Never! It is important to stick with a product to give it time to work; there are no overnight miracles ladies.
After about 1 week I noticed no change, 2 weeks …I was starting to see a little lightening, but not really sure. 4 weeks into it my spots were almost completely gone! What? When did this happen? I couldn’t believe it. The stuff actually works! I continued to use the product till I ran out. That was about 3 weeks ago, since then I haven’t bought another bottle, and have went back to my normal skin routine and the spots have not come back! Hopefully its permanent!
So if any of you are suffering from the annoying brown spots epidemic, weather it be genetics or sun damage, I highly recommended DDF Fade Gel 4 Skin Lightening Gel.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
L’Oreal has teamed up with Makeup guru James Kaliardos, and legendary supermodel Linda Evangelista to create Studio Secrets. A range of niche products that is affordable and as convenient as a trip to your local drugstore.
The Magic Perfecting Base claims to “transform fine lines and large pores into smooth, shine free, soft feeling skin”. What more could a girl ask for? So, I decided to put it to the test.
I started off applying the product with my fingers; I find a sponge would soak up the entire product not giving you an even exchange of coverage. A foundation brush would also work but I still think using your fingers with this product is the best. Its velvety consistency glides easily on the skin, giving you a good base for foundation.
I let it set for about 30 seconds and it felt nice, super smooth and velvety to the touch. I did notice a dulling of my oversized pores and fine lines! Halleluiah!! The product also leaves a matte finish as it claims! So far so good! I then proceeded with applying my normal liquid foundation (I am currently using Shiseido Dual Balancing Foundation with SPF17 which I love!) with a foundation brush and smoothed it with the Beauty Blender sponge. For some reason it then felt way to heavy on my skin. Which was strange, because this foundation normally feels amazing. After a light dusting of powder to set the foundation, it looked flawless, but felt like a light spackle on my skin. All night I found myself feeling as if I was extremely shiny and felt self-conscious that it was too much and people would notice and think I was heavy handed tonight when applying my makeup. But when I looked in the mirror, it was nothing more then the average glow and after a quick blot, my skin still appeared quite flawless. So with that said, I feel this product does live up to what it claims. Other then feeling to heavy for my own taste, I was satisfied with the appearance of my skin and the over all results.
As a makeup artist I would definitely use this product when I work, and on my clients. But I can honestly say I would never wear it myself under foundation. I may wear it alone, with a dusting of powder, but that would be it.